Have you ever tried to put something back together that’s been broken?
Think about your favorite coffee mug… What would happen if you dropped it on the way to the coffee pot?
More than likely, it’d break into a thousand little pieces.
If you love your favorite coffee mug like I love mine, you’d then get an opportunity to test your skill with Crazy Glue, Gorilla Glue, or one of the countless other products designed to help us put things back together.
But more often than not, when we use those products, the result doesn’t look like it used to – that ‘ole coffee mug just isn’t the same.
Our relationships with other people are like that.
While it might not be intentional, putting faith in people is like walking across a bed of hot coals carrying your morning Joe in your favorite coffee mug to your favorite sitting chair.
Yeah, we manage to make it most of the time but someday, those coals are going to be so hot that you can’t take it.
You’re gonna get burned.
And it’s not necessarily because the people letting us down are bad people – It’s just the way it is… we’re born into a selfish world and eventually, selfishness wins.
By the way, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that we have to include ourselves in the group of people that are breaking other people’s favorite coffee mug.
Because we live in the same selfish world as everyone else…
Today’s Tiny Words. Big Life. Bible verse finds King David crying out to God to pick up the pieces of his life. He pleads with God to rescue him from the perils of his enemies. In verse 11, he tells God, “Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.“
There were many times in the life of King David that he found himself in circumstances where he cried to God for help. Many times, the broken pieces were self-inflicted while others, people he trusted let him down.
But in the end, he knew that God would be faithful. After all, He promised that He would be. David knew this… but, like us, we tend to forget it at times. Or, we want to be glued-up now, in our time frame, not God’s.
The Tiny Words. Big Life. takeaway is this: Pray to be a good friend and companion to all people. Pray to show the love of God through your actions. Pray to forgive those that let you down and give thanks to God that He is faithful… always.
And the next time you feel like you’ve been dropped by someone on their way to the coffee pot, go to God in prayer and ask for the glue of Jesus. Not only is it free, (backed by an iron-clad guarantee with no additional postage required), but it’ll put you back together – better than you were before.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.